So here we go, it’s officially VJT, Vincent Janssen Time.
Harry Kane’s extreme measures to achieve the rest he so obviously needs mean that for the next couple of months or so we’ll have the burly bustling Dutchman leading the line.
Perhaps perversely the feeling is partly relief that Harry has suffered this serious, but not too bad, injury as we all knew that it was going to happen sometime and it does at least give him a bit of time off. Karma says that we had to pay eventually for the nearly two full seasons of him always recovering his feet after being hacked floorwards. It’s happened, we need to be philosophical about it.
One thing that needs to be modified if this new attacking model is to be successful is that Janssen needs to relax. He’s currently anxiousness personified when he can sniff a chance coming his way but if we’re ever going to see regular Vincent van Goal! headlines together with a mockup of our man with a bandage over his ear, he needs to chill. Let the goals come to you man, let them come to you.
Apart from the lone striker, the back five (if Rose is fit) also pick themselves as do Dembélé and last weekend’s hero, Heung-Min Son. That’s eight. How about the other three? Lamela on the right and Eriksen in the middle? But what about Alli? Alongside Mousa? Or rest him for Moscow and play Dier? But the latter was knackered well before the end of Monaco and had to be taken off on Sunday as well. Wanyama! The perfect foil. Hm. Only three positions, but a lot of decisions.
My guess (fitness permitting) is Hugo, Walker, Rose, Vertonghen, Toby, Dembélé, Dele, Lamela, Son, Eriksen, Janssen. I am though, always wrong.
Downing in the dumps
Boro started the season brightly with Negredo and Stuani amongst the goals but have lost some of their friskiness of late. They have just one win so far and that was over the awful Sunderland. They’ve lost their last two to Palace and Everton and as I say, must be wondering whether the oodles of cash they spent in the summer was wisely spent after all. Their defence was apparently renowned in the Championship but if this is the case, how have they ended up having to load the awful Chambers from Woolwich? Something doesn’t add up.
Adam Forshaw is apparently one to watch for them.
A Riverside Rout? Unlikely.
This won’t be as easy as many commentators are suggesting. With Negredo, Stuani, Forshaw and dare I say it Downing, Boro’ will no doubt cause us problems and apparently we have not won any of the league games Kane has missed since the start of 2014-15. This is the perfect time to put that particular stat right.
Graham Scott (who he?) is down to officiate.
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